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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Report on 30 Day Challenge - Read 15 books in 30 days

This past year during the month of June 2013, I attempted a 30 day challenge - to read 15 books. While I got off to a good start with 4 books in 11 days, however, I managed to complete only 11 by the end of the month.

This post has been long overdue but considering that I did not attempt to complete the remaining four books until now, I guess this post is not so ill-timed after all. I should mention here that my previous (best) failed attempt at this same challenge was 12 books. I am hoping to beat this sometime in future but that would depend on whether, and when, I would get my hands on a stack of books this engaging.

During the course of the challenge, I read a few great books which I would gladly recommend to any fellow bibliophile. The list goes as follows (in no particular order):

1. Only the Paranoid Survive - Andrew S. Grove

2. The Innovator's Dilemma - Clayton M. Christensen

3. The One World Schoolhouse - Salman Khan (of the Khan Academy)

4. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

5. Inferno - Dan Brown

6. In the Plex - Steven Levy

7. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell

8. The Facebook Effect - David Kirkpatrick

9. The Singapore Story - Lee Kuan Yew

9. From Third World to First: The Singapore Story: 1965-2000 - Lee Kuan Yew

10.  Raw Thought - Collection of blog posts by Aaron Swartz*

11. The Mythical Man-Month - Frederick P. Brooks

To be read: 

12. Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahamsa Yogananda**

13. How to Create a Mind - Ray Kurzweil

14. The Box - Marc Levinson

15. Beyond the Last Blue Mountain - R.M. Lala

* I obtained the collection of blog posts as part of this initiative.

** Now reading (As of writing this post)

1 comment :

  1. I would highly recommend Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder.